“Florida Native #1”

You remember the leaf quilt I made, right?  Well, it has a companion piece which I recently finished.

Here it is, underway, as  I was auditioning fabrics.  You can see I placed the red squiggles of my feature fabric on a “sweet spot” and built everything around that.

In-progress art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Of course, the fabrics changed a good bit along the way.

Here’s the finished version of  Florida Native #1

Florida Native #1, a fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Florida Native 1

And a detail shot:

Florida Native #1 - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Why did the second quilt get named #1 and vice versa?  Because I thought they might hang together with this second one on the left, so I named them accordingly.  Here’s how they look together.

Florida Native #1 & #2, art quilts by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

I’m happy with them, but READY to move away from green!!!  (It takes a long time to make TWO quilts!)

BTW, I may have occasion to enter only one of these in an exhibit.  In that case, which one should it be and why?

Ellen Lindner

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“Cheerful Garden”

After selling one of the samples for my Floral Improv class, I needed to make another one.  No problem.  It was fun and went together quickly.

Here’s Cheerful Garden.

Class sample for "Floral Improv" with Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Perhaps you can tell the background is composed of three different fabrics.  That’s because I didn’t have one piece of fabric large enough for the 13 x 16 background!  Of course, I like combining lots of different fabrics, which is why I mostly buy fat quarters.  After a cut or two, my pieces aren’t too big.

What size fabrics do you buy and why?

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  Floral Improv info.

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Visiting a Creole Plantation

Our favorite thing in New Orleans was a visit to Laura Plantation, about 1 hour west of the city.

Laura Plantation, Valcharie, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Our tour guide was EXCELLENT!  She made the distinction between a Creole plantation and a French one, saying that this land was a plantation before it was part of the United States.  That is, before the Louisiana Purchase of  1803.  Once this area became part of the US, president Thomas Jefferson “granted” the land to the first family owner.

As you can see above, the Creole homes were painted lively colors, rather than the white or cream typically seen on other southern plantations.  The crop was (and is) sugar cane and the matriarchs of the family often ran the business – from the bedrooms of this home.

Laura Plantation, Valcharie, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

My photos didn’t turn out that well, but really, it was the STORIES that were so intriguing.  The plantation is now named Laura after a young girl who lived here in the late 1800’s, when she spoke only French.  Much later in life, she wrote her memoirs (in English) and these stories provide much of what’s known about this family and their lives here.  It was very interesting!

Our tour included slave quarters and our guide did a wonderful job of painting a picture of the hardship they endured.  Plus, we heard some touching stories about the relationship between the family and these slaves (who were later their servants.)

We all agreed this was the best historical tour we’d ever been on.  (When was the last time a tour guide gave you goose bumps and had you tearing up?)  I HIGHLY recommend this tour, especially if you get Rose (Rosie?) as your guide!

Now, for the educational part of this post.  Do you know what this next picture shows?  I didn’t.

Laura Plantation, Valcharie, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

They’re crawfish holes.  The water table is so high in this area that the crawfish dig down to hatch their eggs (?) in water, throwing mud up as they go.  Who knew?

Of course, if you visit New Orleans you need to learn about the above ground cemeteries.  We met in the French Quarater and went on a walking tour.

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Because the land settles quite a bit in this area, the builders of yesteryear had to get creative when leveling things.  Like the liberties taken with the top row of this cemtery wall.

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The grotto and interior of the nearby church were also very interesting.

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Later, we visited the St.  Louis Cathedral, in Jackson Square.  It was very beautiful.

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

AND THEN THERE WAS THE FOOD.  A local saying goes like this:
There are two times of day in Louisiana – mealtime and in between

Oh my!  Everything we ate was absolutely delicious.  New Orleans has many dishes it’s known for and we were sure to try those:  barbeque shrimp, bread pudding, shrimp po-boys, and more!

We even went to Emeril’s for dinner!  It was fantastic.  Both the food and the service were top-knotch.  I’d go again in a heartbeat.

New Orleans, LA. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans is a very unique city.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, I hope you’ll get to do so.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  No, we didn’t eat beignets because the line was too long.
P.P.S. And we DIDN’T party on Bourbon Street!

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New Orleans Botanical Garden

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that my mom and my sister and I go on a short trip together every year.  Oh, we DO have fun!  This year we went to New Orleans.  It was fantastic!  Intriguing culture, amazing food, and good company!

A visit to New Orleans. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Me, my mom, and my sister

We spent some time at the New Orleans Botanical Garden.  It was not that large, but it was nice.

New Orleans Botanical Garden. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans Botanical Garden. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The garden had a special display called “China Lights.”  It consisted of many fabric sculptures which, at night, are lit from within.  Even without the night time lighting they were pretty cool.

New Orleans Botanical Garden. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans Botanical Garden. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

New Orleans Botanical Garden. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, the weather was perfect.

Ellen Lindner

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“Coastal Overlook” Takes First Place

Woohoo!  My quit, Coastal Overlook, took first place in a local art show!  I’m delighted.

Coastal Overlook, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Coastal Overlook

It’s always nice to win an award but it’s even better when it includes exposing art enthusiasts to quilts as art.  Yes!

Coastal Overlook - detail, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The show is the Titusville Art League’s Spring Show and I won in the mixed media category.  The show is free and it continues until 3 PM on Sunday, the 24th.  It’s at the Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL.

This piece is available for purchase.

Ellen Lindner

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A Visit to Focus on Fiber

Are you familiar with Focus on Fiber?  It’s an annual retreat for fiber artists at a wonderful rustic facility in New Smyrna Beach, FL.  Artists can work on their own projects or take a class from one of the visiting teachers.  The retreat leader kindly invited The Quilt as Art artists to join them for dinner after the exhibit’s gallery walk.  What fun!

After a delicious salmon dinner, OF COURSE, we had to see what the artists were up to!  We visited Judy Coates-Perez’ acrylic ink class.  Oh my, did that look like fun!  She uses many transparent layers of ink, using dyeing techniques, stamping, painting, and more.  Just look at this sample of hers.  It totally grabbed me.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Can you tell that an early layer had flowers and now they’re mostly covered?  There are many intriguing details as you notice things that are partially covered.  They seem to be embedded, like items in an encaustic painting.  You can see it better in the detail shot.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here are some more of Judy’s samples.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Wonderful things were happening all around her classroom.  The fabrics below were dyed and painted by Gabriele DiTota.  It’s hard to imagine that they are the FIRST layer of an artwork, and will be largely covered.  I’d have a HARD time covering some of these!

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

In the next class room we visited the participants who were doing their own thing.  We didn’t make it far into the room, though, before we noticed the unique work of Susan Shie.  As well as Susan, herself.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She was very generous with her knowledge as she explained her process to us.  Her work is all painted with an airbrush.  Afterwards, she writes ALL OVER IT with an air pen, (something I didn’t fully understand.)  She writes things in a journal fashion: whatever’s going on in her life at that time.  This piece is called May 4, the anniversary of the student killings at Kent State, her alma mater.  She’s written a lot about that.  Then, when David Bowie died, she noticed that the man on the left resembled him and labeled him as such.  And so it goes.  It was very interesting.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It was only Day 2 of the retreat, but there were already many interesting things going on around the room.  Karol Kusmaul is working on the collaborative piece below.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It was an exhilarating visit!  (Maybe I need to attend next year.)

What great art retreats have you attended?  I’ve been to QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) several times, as well as taken a class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  I highly recommend these multi-day classes!

Ellen Lindner

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“The Quilt as Art”

The general population tends to translate the word quilt as “bedspread.”  If you say you make art quilts they might think, “She’s mighty proud of her bedspreads!”  This is the challenge of art quilters as we try to show our work and to educate the public about what we do.

Thankfully, exhibits of art quilts (and other textiles) are now becoming more common place in art centers and museums. And some even tackle the issue head on.  Such is the case with “The Quilt as Art,” currently on display at the Peabody Auditorium’s Rose Gallery in Daytona Beach, FL.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I got to attend a reception and gallery walk there, both of which were SO interesting!  Here are a few of the stunning quilts on display.

Winter Solitude, by Becky Stack.  The photo doesn’t begin to do this piece justice.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But the detail shot is better.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

All the pieces on display were made by SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) artists from the central Florida area.  A very talented group!

Jane Ashcroft’s quilt is called Different Perspective.  As you can see, it’s a close up view of forest vegetation.  Can you see the boot on the right?

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Check out her 3D embellishments!

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Kathryn Robinson’s quilt was the most moving in the exhibit.  It’s about her dad and it’s called Dad, Don’t Go.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Kathryn used a wide variety of media, including paper, postage stamps, and paint.  She constructed a quilt and then mounted it on birch board.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Doris Hulse imagined a setting and then filled it with beauty in Orchids in the Grotto.  (NOT a very good photo.)

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

She is very skilled with Inktense pencils, which is what she used to create the orchids.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The gallery walk provided a chance for each of the artists to talk about her work.   This was very interesting and the audience was extremely attentive.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here I am talking about my piece Lava to the Sea.

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A funny thing happened with the label on one of my other pieces.  Taking Flight had a label showing its title as Taking Flight, White Cows.  Well, there are no cows on it, so I had a good chuckle about the “coordinator’s mistake.”  When I gently mentioned it to her she told me I had sent her the title that way!  What?!?  What was I thinking?  I DID grow up on a dairy farm.  Did my bovine auto correct kick in?  I have no idea!  No worries though, we all had a good laugh about it.

This exhibit is up through April 30th.  If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll check it out.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  My quilt, Carefree, is also on display in this exhibit.

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Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College

Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL has a beautiful campus on the edge of a lake, with huge oak trees.  It also has Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which I visited for the first time recently.  While looking for the museum, we ended up in an art building with a display of student work in the hallway.  Pretty cool, huh?

Student work, Rollins college. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I think they’re made from masking tape and maybe lightweight cardboard.

Student work, Rollins college. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next door, we found the museum.   It’s well designed and well-lit.  There were also activities for children.  This is the entry foyer.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The zebra head costumes on the right relate to the primary exhibit, called “Transcommunality.”  Presented by artist Laura Anderson Barbata, it’s a culmination of her work with stilt-dancing communities in Latin America and the United States.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The exhibit features stilt-dancing costumes that were made by hand with a wide variety of materials.  The one below was made with cotton fabric, wood, cane, fiberglass rods, mesh, decorative trim, mirrors, papier-mache and paint.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Here’s a closer look at the head dress.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Dancers perform in these outfits while wearing homemade stilts.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Children apparently participate in this, as well.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

One room was full of costumes with stilts that had also been carved or decorated.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The one above even has a caterpillar and several lady bugs!

Dolls showed more stilt-dancers.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I didn’t get a very good shot of the giant suits, made in the USA.  They were used in a performance as part of “Occupy Wall Street.”

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

In addition to the stilt-dancing exhibit, there were several other interesting pieces on display.  The one below is called Haystack After Monet #2, by Vik Muniz.  It definitely resembles Monet’s painting.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

But, this one was made from pieces of colored paper.  See the close up below.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This particular exhibit has just ended, but it’s replaced with student and faculty exhibits.  I bet they’d really be worth seeing.  And if you’re in the area you may also enjoy the Morse Museum, which houses work by Lewis Tifany.  There’s lots to see and do in Winter Park.

Ellen Lindner

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“The Quilt as Art” Reception

Art, food, good conversation, and interesting people make exhibit receptions some of my favorite events.  Throw in discussion about the pieces on display by the people who made them and it gets even better!

All of this will be happening on April 13th for an exhibit in Daytona Beach, FL, called “The Quilt as Art.”

"The Quilt as Art" exhibit. Ellen Lindner ,AdventureQuilter.com

I’ll have three quilts in the show.  Carefree:

Blessings Underfoot - detail, a fabric collage by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

Taking Flight:

Taking Flight, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

and Lava to the Sea:

Lava to the Sea, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.com

I’ll be at the reception and I hope to see you there!
Peabody Auditorium

Ellen Lindner

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An Interesting Exhibit

On a recent visit to the Maitland Art Center I saw some very interesting art, both inside and out.  There were several vessels made by Dale Chihuly, but they were over shadowed by this large installation piece in the next room.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It’s called The Lack of Distinction, by Lorrie Fredette.  Pretty cool, right?  Here it is viewed from the other direction.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

From reading the sign, we figured out that each pod is built around a brass armature. They’re covered in muslin and coated in beeswax.  After being joined together they’re suspended with nylon line.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

It was quite intriguing.

The friend who was with me has an excellent sense of smell, so she smelled the latex in the next room before we even saw it.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Since I gave you a hint, maybe you can tell it’s made from balloons.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This piece was made by Jason Hackenwerth and it’s called It Tasted Like Lead.  The title is a reference to the first hydrogen bomb dropped on Japan.

After viewing the art by these three artists we were a little puzzled, because four artists were listed as having work in the exhibit.  We asked, “Where is the work by Paige Smith?”  The answer was that her installation was located all over the premises, sort of like an Easter egg hunt.  Well, that sounded like fun, so we set off to look for the geode-like crystals described to us.

And we found some right away.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As in the example above, most of the crystals were nestled into “wounded” spaces.

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The outdoor fireplace, above, shows more of the Mayan Revival architecture.

It was especially fun to discover little “geodes” underfoot or tucked into some crevice.  Can you see them there?

A visit to the Maitland Art Center. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

A very delightful stop.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  I love the work of Dale Chihuly, even though the vessels in this exhibit didn’t excite me.  If you’re not familiar with his work, you should definitely check out his website.

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